His first statement to the media after his son lost his life when Elliot Rodgers went on a stabbing and shooting spree in California was to blame the massacre on "craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA." Richard Martinez was grieving the loss of his son, Christopher, when Rodgers entered a deli and shot the young man and two others, after having already stabbed three students to death.
California has some of the most stringent anti-gun laws in the nation. Yet none of these measures were enough to prevent someone like Rodgers from becoming a mass murderer with a knife and a gun. The notion that severely restricting citizen access to guns and other weapons will somehow prevent gun crime is pure propaganda. Many of the worst massacres in the United States take place in states where it is hardest to get a gun -- such as California and Connecticut. The city of Chicago is another example. In spite of some of the strongest anti-gun laws in the nation, the city is beset with "gun violence" that takes dozens of lives each weekend.
Martinez, however, was not finished with his diatribe against the right of citizens to purchase and keep guns. As one who has been thoroughly indoctrinated with anti-gun propaganda, Martinez continued with his opportunistic attempt to turn his son's death into a propaganda fest. Referring to politicians and the NRA being to blame for Rodgers' massacre, Martinez stated, "They talk about gun rights. What about Chris' right to live? When will this insanity stop?"
To be fair, most of what Martinez had to say came straight out his overwhelming grief over the loss of his son. People tend to say lots of things they don't mean in similar situations. Therefore, much of his statements can be overlooked. But opportunists among the anti-gun lobby, such as the Brady Campaign, politicians, and others are always quick to go back to the pre-written script they keep handy at all times, that guns kill people, most citizens should not have them, and if only society would disarm citizens by law, there would be no more senseless deaths.
The illogic of such notions is astounding, particularly when those articulating them actually believe intelligent people will buy into the nonsense. During the memorial gathering to remember those slain, the propaganda continued, for example, as if these propagandists actually do think that their ideological diatribes at funerals will sway the general public. They don't.
Ordinary citizens do not commit crimes with guns. Yet these are precisely the ones who will pay for crimes they did not commit by being forced to give up their firearms. Criminals and the insane will get guns one way or another. We don't call them criminals because they are nice, well-respected citizens who obey the law.
Citizens in America by and large want the right to keep and bear arms, even many who are pacifists at heart. They want to be able to go to bed at night knowing that their fellow citizens are armed to the hilt. And here is the reason in the words of one self-described pacifist:
So I would like to make a plea to my fellow citizens: please buy, carry, and even stockpile weapons. Carry them with you always. Keep them in your homes and cars. It’s especially important to do this in public places, where freak murderers lurk. The weapons should be loaded and dangerous, capable of killing with one shot.
I especially desire this because I don’t want to do this. Truth be told, I don’t like them. I don’t want them in my home. I don’t like shooting at the range. I don’t like looking at them, shopping for them, cleaning them, or even thinking about what they do to others. I loathe violence of all sorts, and hope to never have to use it. I’m a pacifist in spirit.
The only way I can really hope to get away with indulging my wimpy temperament here is if others are willing to pick up the slack that my unarmed self has created. I want burglars, kidnappers, and thieves of all sorts to believe that every home in my neighborhood is heavily armed and populated by fearless gun owners – and for them to believe that my home is among them.
I want every robber around every corner to hold the expectation that anyone he mugs is carrying a deadly weapon. I would like to sit in theaters, airplanes, and restaurants where the trolls and scum among us believe that they could pay the ultimate price for misbehavior.
Thus, it is time for gun rights activists to turn up the heat to counter the avalanche of anti-gun propaganda that is sure to stay with us for weeks in the aftermath of the latest massacre. This is no time to be silent. Extremist collectivist tyrants will use funerals to spout their propaganda, just as they always do. We must meet them immediately, head on.
(Hat tip to Sipsey Street Irregulars).
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